What we take for virtues is often nothing but an assemblage of different actions, and of different interests, that fortune or our industry know how to arrange; and it is not always from valor and from chastity that men are valiant, an that women are chaste.

Discretion is the better part of valor

Valor and boastfulness never buckle on the same sword.

How strangely high endeavors may be blessed, where piety and valor jointly go.

Distressed valor challenges great respect, even from enemies.

If all the world were just, there would be no need for valor.

Valor grows by daring, fear by holding back.

Every evil to which we do not succumb is a benefactor. As the Sandwich islander believes that the strength and valor of the enemy he kills passes into himself, so we gain the strength of the temptations we resist.

There is always safety in valor.

Valor consists in the power of self-recovery.

It is a brave act of valor to contemn death; but where life is more terrible than death, it is then the truest valor to dare to live.

The better part of valor is discretion.

Discretion and hardy valor are the twins of honor, and, nursed together, make a conqueror; divided, but a talker.

True valor is like honesty; it enters into all that a man sees and does.

There is no greater valor nor no sterner fight. He who would be what he ought to be must stop being what he is.

True valor lies half way between cowardice and rashness.

The Way of a Warrior is based on humanity, love, and sincerity; the heart of martial valor is true bravery, wisdom, love, and friendship. Emphasis on the physical aspects of warriorship is futile, for the power of the body is always limited.

It may be
observed that provinces, among the vicissitudes to which they are accustomed, pass from order to confusion,
and afterwards pass again into a state of order. The way of the world doesn’t allow things to continue on an
even course; as soon as they arrive at their greatest perfection, they again start to decline. Likewise, having
sunk to their utmost state of depression, unable to descend lower, they necessarily reascend. And so from
good, they naturally decline to evil. Valor produces peace, and peace repose; repose, disorder; disorder, ruin.
From ruin order again springs, and from order virtue, and from this glory, and good fortune